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Monday, August 22, 2005

Okay okay...a few more... 

Prayers at the shrine.

The expressway - Tokyo at night. This was taken right by the hotel I'm staying in thanks to my friend Kenji, who is putting me up while I'm here. The man, quite simply, is made of generosity and is one of my favorite people. Anyone who knows him will agree with that. He's without a doubt one of the kindest people I know - a good friend and a great partying companion. He'll get you into trouble and leave you with the worst hangover you've ever had in your life. Yet somehow the next time he knocks on your door to hit the streets, you don't even think about missing it.

Jess makes a beautiful room even lovlier. It's so nice to have my better half around again.

Lost in Translation 

In case you were wondering, here is how to use the restroom:


And here is the view from the bar that the movie made famous. It was ridiculously expensive (over $150 for a 2 whiskeys, a martini, a cheese plate and a pizza), but worth every penny. The view was phenomenal...you could see the entire city. The drinks were top notch and the jazz a little too "smooth", but well put-together.
I'm going to keep trying to post a few pics a day. So stay tuned if you find these interesting at all.

Juxtaposition 



One of the most striking things about Tokyo, that hits you immediately, is the juxtapoisiton of the traditional with the hyper-modern. In pictures, it looks something like this.

The shrine on top is situated in a park in the middle of the city. It is within walking distance of the thing on the bottom, which is in the middle of a shopping mall. If you can't figure out what that is, it's a place where you can pay money to go play with cats.

This town is nuts.

More later. I'm going to meet up with Jess, who just got done with her first day at her conference. Then it's off to the record store!

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Tokyo 

The jetlag is overwhelming, but Im here safely. Tokyo is fascinating so far, both in its parallels to American cities and its stark differences. Ill blog more later. Hopefully Ill have figured out hte keyboard by then, too.

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